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South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4041
+1 949-481-4545
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We loved our meal at South of Nicks. We had a very attentive wait staff. The chips and salsa were great, chips and salsa were very fresh. Dinner was delicious. It took a while to receive our dinner but we were in vacation mode and it didn't matter.

Thank 816cherylg
San Juan Capistrano, California
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As always, Nicks ,never disappointing. The food was outstanding in flavor and quality.Atmosphere is spot on. You can tell every attention to detail was given.

Thank Craig E
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While on a recent month long trip to Southern California, we had dinner at South of Nick's. We were impressed with the simple but elegant decor and ambience. It was a Thursday night and the place had a good crowd. Our party ordered the Seafood Chimichangas, Pork Carnitas and Seafood Enchiladas. Wow.. generous portions and absolutely delicious. Try not to... More 

Thank czarinalex
Corona del Mar, California, United States
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162 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love coming down on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy the beautiful drive along PCH and lunch at South of Nick's. I always order the mango margarita, my husband gets the traditional margarita. Historically, these margaritas were considered the best around but now we've noticed they're pretty weak. Our favorite dishes are the Ranchero Steak Filete (think fajitas) and the... More 

Thank Sherena T
Las Vegas, Nevada
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent Thanksgiving week in San Clemente and tried the South of Nicks from a recommendation from a friend. The food was delicious and the service was great. It was a delightful experience!

Thank 865Lynn3612
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for some very delicious and unique Mexican menu items, look no further! Although some of the items are a bit pricey, it is well worth it, and the combination plates are an excellent value. I personally ordered the pork/mole enchilada and the chipotle/chicken enchilada .. both were outstanding.

Thank Suzanne H
Laguna Hills, California
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a premium restaurant. Expensive, takes two weeks to get a reservation, the food is very good. Service flawless. Why do I give it just two stars? The margaritas. Their margaritas are heavily flavored - spicy strawberry, coconut, other exotics, but there really was no taste of alcohol. I'm not a frequent drinker so I feel alcohol, and tonight... More 

Thank Pat B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The South of Nicks is one of the finest places to eat if you crave seafood. Very consistent with their portions and taste, I enjoy eating in this restaurant every time for special occasions to a casual lunch or dinner. The Seafood is always fresh and their Shrimp Diablo is one of our favourites! Always busy so reserve in advance... More 

Thank Laveena S
San Clemente, California
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food and service. If you like Mexican food with atmosphere go to South of Nick's. The menu has variety and the Margaritas are wonderful.

Thank Lee192672
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reservations suggested from our experience. The food is delightful as is the staff. The staff is very accommodating and attentive. Food offerings are more than run-of-the-millMexican joints. This is the real deal.

Thank J B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4041
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-481-4545
"Southern California Mexican" Featuring Prime steaks, seafood, and Mexican favorites. An Orange County favorite for Mexican dining.

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Dana Point, California
Pauma Valley, California, United States
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Laguna Niguel, California
over a year ago
San Clemente, California, United States

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?